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Conduct and governance

An effective and robust governance framework is essential to the successful performance of a council.

The Office of Local Government seeks to promote and support effective internal governance in councils through:

  • the prescription of frameworks (such as the Mode Code of Conduct) and appropriate standards, along with the provision of mechanisms to enforce compliance with those standards

  • the provision of guidance, advice and support to assist councils to comply with appropriate standards of internal governance

  • monitoring and reporting on the performance of councils

  • working with councils that fail to comply with the appropriate standards of governance to improve their performance

  • taking compliance action where councils breach their obligations or betray the trust of their communities.


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